Spectacular end to the second race of the DTM opening weekend at Hockenheim: Scrapping all the way to the finish line, Gary Paffett battled the eventual winner, BMW driver Timo Glock, and Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller for position. Gary, who had won the opening race at Hockenheim on Saturday, started the race from 10th position but quickly moved up front and even led the race. After a thrilling finish, he booked P3 behind Glock and Rockenfeller, thus taking his second podium finish of the weekend, the 40th in his DTM career and twelfth at the Hockenheimring.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) started his second race following his return to the DTM from eleventh place on the grid. The 2015 champion had gained five positions by the end, crossing the finish line in P6. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) in P9 also achieved a points-scoring finish in this second race.
Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) led for a time but fell back after being handed a five-second penalty for jumping the lights at the start and finished the race in P15. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) took the chequered flag in P18. He also had to serve a five-second penalty for getting away too soon
Edoardo Mortara (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) qualified fourth on Sunday morning for the second race of the season at Hockenheim. He had to retire to the pits with engine problems shortly after the start. In Race 1 on Saturday, Edoardo had just missed a podium finish, coming home in fourth place.
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport have secured one win, two further podiums and a total of nine points-scoring finishes as they depart from Hockenheim. Team Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS (61 points) lead the team rankings by 17 points after this first race weekend of the season. In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes-AMG (103 points) are in first place with a lead of 31 points on BMW (72).
The next race weekend: The second race weekend of the 2018 DTM season will take place 18th – 20th May at the Lausitzring.
Comments after the race
Gary Paffett: “I love Timo (Glock), that was incredible. We could have both backed off at any time and taken second place. Because we knew that the others were eventually going to catch up with us. But neither of us wanted to give up. At the end of the day, third place is disappointing, but it was worth it. It was the best race I’ve ever driven in. A fight for the win like that is absolutely incredible. I used up my DRS relatively early on. That’s why I just wanted to get past Timo and pull out a one-second gap. But every time I looked in the mirror, it wasn’t quite enough and there he was again.”